Workshop – Multi-imagery Approach to EO Data Sources for Bathymetry



Satellite Applications Catapult, Electron Building, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot
Electron Building Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Oxfordshire United Kingdom OX11 0QX


25/09/2013 - 9:00 am


25/09/2013 - 5:00 pm

There are various methods in use for determining depth from EO. However, according to various experts, none of the methods to derive data from these sensors has been standardised, all have their advantages and disadvantages and all require expert knowledge to derive products. Sensors currently deployed will be enhanced with those planned for launch in the next few years thereby compounding the difficulty of sensor selection and processing assumptions, algorithms and methods. This growing number of sensors to add to the extensive archive of ‘imagery’ currently available lends itself to a ‘Multi-image approach’ to data development as put forward by EOMap of Germany.

It is also considered that the applicability of crowd source bathymetry to SDB and vice versa may be relevant to this ‘Mulit-image approach’ as a source of ground truthing data and a means of data populating large areas of previously unsurveyed regions.

Goals of the Workshop

This workshop therefore seeks to discuss and review the various EO sensors, currently deployed and those to be deployed, and their applicability to the determination of bathymetry. In doing so it is intended to discuss any weakness in the current development programme and propose actions whereby these shortcomings can be addressed. Whilst the workshop will be driven from a technical perspective from a range of private sector, public and academic organizations it will be conducted in a spirit of professionalism, collaboration, mutual respect and trust. The objectives for the workshop are listed below:

  • Discussion of the current and proposed EO sensors capable of providing or improving EO bathymetric data;
  • Discussion of the current algorithms and developments that may be required;
  • Discussion of merging data derived from various EO sensors and crowd source data into one standardized product;
  • To propose from the above an action plan for the development of satellite derived bathymetry.


09:30 -10:00


Registration and coffee

 10:00 -10:30


Welcome to Satellite Applications Catapult & Workshop Introduction – Nick Lambert & Delegates

10:30 -10:50


Review of current EO Bathymetric Data Sensors – Dr Sam Lavender, Pixalytics

10:50 -11:10


Merging Bathymetric Datasets – Kieran Millard, Seazone

11:10 -11:30


Crowd Source Bathymetric Data – Tim Thornton, TeamSurv

11:30 -12:30


Breakout group session. Groups to develop one or more proposals for the development of bathymetry from EO and Crowd Sourcing for discussion in the working group period.

12:30 -12:45


Summary and discussion. Leads from the breakout groups to present group proposal(s) for discussion in the working group session.  – Nick Lambert, Catapult

12:45 -13:30



13:30 -13:50


Digital Globe and World View 3 – Dave Benson, Digital Globe

13:50 -15:00


Working Group period. Discuss group proposals to prioritise key themes to progress within Catapult programmes and/or projects and identify key contributors and participants in a targeted research programme ALL

15:00 -15:15


Review of outcomes and next steps – Nick Lambert, Catapult

15:15 -15:25


Closing remarks


Presentations will be followed by general discussions and break-out sessions to develop and prioritise key themes to progress within Catapult programmes and/or projects.  Identifying a ‘champion’ with strong motivation in each priority will be a key objective of this process.

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Contact Lorraine Fry on or 07867 488463.

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